May 2019
2019 VMCAS Application Cycle Open May 9 - September 17
The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) window for prospective veterinarians seeking admission to the Class of 2024 at AAVMC member institutions opens on May 9 and closes on September 17 at 11:59 p.m. Several enhancements have been made to improve the process for both applicants and admissions officers, including the addition of a powerful new analytics package. This cycle opens amidst a period of continued growth in the numbers of applicants to AAVMC member institutions. For more information, contact AAVMC Director of Admissions and Recruitment Affairs Tony Wynne. Learn more.
Detailed Data on AAVMC's Cost Comparison Tool (CCT) Supports Financial Planning, Decision-Making
The AAVMC has introduced the newest version of its Cost Comparison Tool, a web-based interactive program that provides visitors with detailed information about tuition costs, scholarship resources and financing a veterinary medical education. The database includes information on all 30 accredited U.S. schools and 12 Canadian and international colleges. This year's version includes several updates and enhancements, according to AAVMC Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity Dr. Lisa Greenhill. Learn more.
AAVMC Assembly Approves Changes in Affiliate Program
The AAVMC Assembly has approved changes to the structure of the AAVMC affiliate institution program. New categories have been created to better define the nature and aspirations of affiliate members. The affiliate program now includes categories for "Affiliates," "Provisional Members" and "Collaborative members. These changes are effective July 1, 2019. Click here to see a chart that details the qualifications and benefits associated with each category. Learn more.
AAVMC's 2019-2020 Leadership Academy Now Forming
Like all organizations, colleges and schools of veterinary medicine need great leaders, people with vision who can inspire others to approach their work with meaning, purpose and resolve. The AAVMC's Leadership Academy, sponsored by Elanco, offers a unique growth opportunity for emerging leaders in academic veterinary medicine. The nomination deadline for those interested in joining the academy's 2019-2020 cohort is June 7, 2019. For more information, contact AAVMC Program Manager Leslie Wilson at Learn more.
AAVMC Virtual Admissions Fair June 18, 2019
The AAVMC will present a Virtual Admissions Fair for students interested in exploring admission to veterinary medical school on June 18, 2019. Participants will be able to chat online with admissions representatives from AAVMC member institutions and VMCAS representatives, learn more about the application process and compare opportunities among schools and colleges. For more information, please click here. The fair is being offered in collaboration with CareerEco, a new career "ecosystem" that leverages the power of technology and embraces innovation to serve applicants and career-seekers.

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act Reintroduced in Senate
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act has been reintroduced in the Senate (S. 1163). A top priority for both the AAVMC and the AVMA, the bill addresses shortages of food animal and public health veterinarians in rural and agricultural communities. Language in the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act will end a withholding tax applied to program awards and enhance program capacity. For more details, please see this article on the AVMA website.

2019 National Pet Week May 5-11
Millions of people appreciate the enormous impact of the human/animal bond. They "get" the profound benefits of pet ownership, both in terms of physiological and psychological health and wellbeing. The National Pet Week celebration gets underway this year May 5-11. National Pet Week was created by the AVMA in 1981 to recognize, foster and celebrate the human/animal bond. You can click here to learn more about their celebration. The Centers for Disease Control has also launched a major public awareness campaign. To learn more about the human/animal bond, visit the Human Animal Bond Research Institute's website (HABRI).
2019 Primary Care Veterinary Educators' Symposium September 12-15 in Pullman, Washington
The 2019 Primary Care Veterinary Educators' Symposium will be held September 12-15 in Pullman, Washington. The biennial meeting is designed to provide an opportunity for primary care veterinary educators to network, generate ideas and develop new skills. A variety of presentations and workshops, as well as ample opportunities for networking and socializing, are planned. Additional information on the program, as well as a registration website, will be available soon.  
2019 National Veterinary Scholars Program July 25-28 in Massachusetts
The 2019 National Veterinary Scholars Symposium will be held from July 25-28, 2019 at Worcester State University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Please note this official new date supersedes a date that was previously announced. The NVSS is widely considered the premier annual scientific colloquium showcasing research accomplishments by veterinary students who are completing summer research internships. The symposium highlights the ways veterinary scientists advance basic and applied research to support global health and serves as an incubator for many students who pursue careers in scientific research. Worcester State University is located five miles from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, and can be easily reached by commuter train and buses from Boston. More details and a registration website will be installed soon.
Federal One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop Report Published, Available
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has posted the final workshop report from a U.S. One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Workshop jointly hosted by the CDC, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The detailed workshop report outlines the process, the resulting list of prioritized zoonotic diseases, and discussions and recommendations by the participants concerning how to work together to address the diseases and strengthen One Health in the United States. To download the entire report, please click here.  
Boehringer Ingelheim Scholarship Deadline
Bovine Diarrheal Disorder is the most common infectious disease of cattle and causes enormous economic loss. As part of Boehringer Ingelheims's BVDZero program, they are trying to increase DVM student awareness about the problem and are offering a global student scholarship program. The application deadline is May 25. Learn more
Academic Veterinary Medicine in the News
Study: Vaccines Could Prevent Cancer in Dogs, Eventually Humans
Associated Press (AP)
Gray Whales are Starving to Death in the Pacific, and Scientists Want to Know Why
Los Angeles Times
Cornell to Offer New Veterinary Business Program
Veterinary Practice News
Researchers Target Cattle Anaplasmosis with USDA Grant
Now Here's a Special Breed - Auburn Dogs Help Combat Terrorism
Greensboro News & Record
Key Similarities Between OA in Dogs and Humans Identified for First Time
Vet Times
Diversity and Inclusion in the Mix
Association Conventions and Facilities 
ETSU and Virginia Tech Establish New Opioid Research Consortium of Central Appalachia
Johnson City Press
Alastair Cribb Named Dean of Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
The Telegram 
Mariani Appointed Director of Strategic Initiatives at AAVMC
Preventing Triple Negative Breast Cancer from Spreading
Medical Xpress
Three International Programs Awarded CIVME Research Grants
Veterinary Practice News
Yorkshire Terrier's Leg Bones Regrown by UC Davis Surgeons Following a Severe Nonunion Fracture
Today's Veterinary Practice
AAVMC Keeps Focused on Inclusion
Risk of Congenital Zika Syndrome Greater Than Thought
Chemotherapy Helps Horses With Lymphoma
The Horse
Biological Sciences Undergraduate First ASU Online Student Admitted to Veterinary School
Service Dogs Can Help Veterans with PTSD
Greensboro Daily News
Auburn University Researchers Recognized for Innovative Ideas
Alabama News Center

From Our Members
Kansas State University to Host May 7 Advance Screening of National Geographic's THE HOT ZONE; Highlight Work of Alumni, Leaders
Kansas State
Clams and Water Pumping Explain Phytoplankton Decline in San Francisco Estuary 
UC Davis
Virginia Tech Researchers Join Global Effort to Develop a New Vector Control Strategy to Prevent Malaria
LSU SVM Assistant Professor Receives $2.7 Million Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award to Investigate Molecular Mechanisms of Ozone-induced Lung Diseases
Louisiana State
Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital Opens Its New $2.7 Million Emergency Room
University of Pennsylvania
Texas A&M CVM Team Receives Funding To Continue Project Securing Health Of DHS Working Dogs
Texas A&M

To see a news feed featuring breaking news from our member institutions, please click here.

People in Motion  

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has named Dr. Alastair E. Cribb as its fifth dean. Dr. Cribb, who is the founding dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), will begin in this role on July 15, 2019.

Dr. Trevor Ames, dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, will step down as dean on August 5 to accept an appointment as associate vice president for academic health sciences in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
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